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A manuscript evaluation is perfect for authors who just want some general feedback about their book (similar to beta readers). Having me evaluate your manuscript is one step better than having friends and family reading your work because I will provide objective feedback. I will comment on the intended audience, any major issues with structure (or plot), overall strengths of the work, and where there is room to make improvements. I will also suggest if your manuscript needs a substantive or copyedit.
Substantive editing examines all aspects of your project: structure, content, and language. I provide comments on the structure and organization of the work, plot and characters (for fiction), and writing style. My feedback includes specific comments and suggested solutions. During this process, I can also provide sensitivity reading, if requested.
Substantive editing is a great service for writers who are looking to self-publish, or need some thoughtful suggestions on how to improve their manuscript for their target audience. From what to move, what needs to be added, and what should be cut, to how to add more depth and details, to how to include parenthetical information, substantive editing is useful for both fiction and non-fiction authors alike.
Copyediting is suitable for writers who already have a solid structure and need some support with grammar, punctuation, spelling, wordiness, clarity, and consistency. I provide comments and feedback to improve readability, sentence structure, and consistency of tone and flow. For writers who have already completed a substantive edit (or structural and stylistic edit), copyediting is a great way to ensure that your manuscript is ready for the proofreading stage.